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In Giannis v. Harden MVP duel, it’s Bledsoe that leads Bucks past Rockets

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks’ guard turned in one his best all-around performances of the season as the Bucks pulled away for a 108-94 […]

Minnesota builds a (living) wall

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After this particularly harsh winter in the north, Minnesota’s ballpark has been fully activated for spring. The wall behind center field sure came alive. Why, yes, it’s actually growing. After several dead-end attempts to create both a playable backdrop for batters and an aesthetically pleasing surface, the Twins have arrived at what […]

Brewers’ overpowering bullpen banged up entering ’19

PHOENIX (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers vaunted bullpen is entering the season without a couple of its most imposing pieces. Corey Knebel is out indefinitely with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the type of injury that sometimes ends in Tommy John surgery. He’s expected to join Jeremy Jeffress, […]

Breaking down the NBA playoff races, which are winding down

MIAMI (AP) — The playoff field is largely set. The positioning, that’s still anyone’s guess. So even while some of what we could have had for drama over the final 2½ weeks of the NBA regular season won’t materialize — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are already out of the playoffs, robbing us […]

Coaches, others plead not guilty in college admissions scam

BOSTON (AP) — Athletic coaches charged in a sweeping college admissions scam pleaded not guilty Monday to taking bribes from wealthy parents in exchange for helping students get into elite universities such as Georgetown. They appeared in Boston’s federal court nearly two weeks after they were arrested in what authorities have described as the biggest […]

No Lambeau, but NFL’s 100th season will kickoff with Packers at Bears

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will have the Packers play at the Bears in the Thursday night kickoff game Sept. 5. Traditionally, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. No rivalry […]

Gustafson, Iowa blow past Missouri and into Sweet 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson and the surging Hawkeyes are off to the Sweet 16. Iowa might evolve into a true Final Four contender if Gustafson can get the kind of help that she got from her teammates on Sunday. The junior, Gustafson (pictured above, pointing), a Port Wing, Wis., native, had 24 […]

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

BOSTON (AP) — The party’s over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again, it might just be getting started. The New England Patriots’ fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons. The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram , saying that a few months […]

Hobbled Antetokounmpo lifts Bucks past Cavs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to have recovered quickly from a recent ankle sprain. Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by the ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift to Milwaukee Bucks over the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-105 on Sunday. After experiencing no problems in the pregame workout, Antetokounmpo played […]

Wisconsin wins 5th NCAA women’s hockey title

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Senior captains Sophia Shaver and Annie Pankowski each scored, and Wisconsin won its fifth NCAA women’s hockey championship with a 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. Kristen Campbell, named the most outstanding player, pitched her 11th shutout of the season, including a victory over two-time defending champion Clarkson in the Frozen […]

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